John Pulley

John Pulley has written the Health IT Update blog since May 2011. Prior to becoming a regular contributor to Nextgov, he covered technology for Federal Computer Week and Government Health IT magazines. He has written about government for Federal Times and Air Force Times, as well. Pulley has worked in journalism for more than 20 years. He began his career covering local government for regional newspapers. In addition, he served as a writer and senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education for seven years. In 2006, he founded The Pulley Group, an editorial services agency.
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Textual Healing

June 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A pilot project underway in California is testing the use of wireless technologies to treat veterans with mental health issues. The Veterans Transition to Community project leverages patients' cell phones and PDAs to collect their mental health data and increase their contact with health care providers, said Lincoln Smith, the...

A New iPhone App: Mental Floss

June 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The relentless march of health IT reached a milestone of sorts this week with the release of an iPhone game designed to sharpen users' cognitive health and boost their physical activity. The announcement of the puzzle app was made by Humana, which claims to be "the first health insurance company...

EHR Uptake to Take Time

June 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The president is calling for every American to have an electronic medical record by 2014. It is an ambitious goal. "That won't happen," says John Glaser, who as an adviser to the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology (ONC) helped to develop the meaningful use regulations and...

The Public on Health IT: Huh?

June 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The campaign to replace the country's paper medical files with interoperable electronic records is backed by the full force of the federal government, including tens of billions of dollars. The basic strategy is to entice and/or coerce the country's 800,000 or so doctors to go electronic. Meanwhile, the campaign to...

Health IT Lobby Hits Capitol Hill

June 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lobbyists gathered in Washington, D.C., for National Health IT Week are blanketing Capitol Hill and pushing a three-point agenda. The event's sponsor and architect of the lobbying plan is the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which bills itself as a comprehensive health care-stakeholder membership organization exclusively focused on...

Meaningful Use or Bust

June 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Growing numbers of doctors and hospitals say the deadline for meeting strict "meaningful use" standards set by the government for electronic health records is unrealistic. One man, though, is questioning whether the deadline is ambitious enough. That man is Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology. Empowered to...

Hospitals Woo Docs With E-Docs

June 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even as hospitals struggle to meet the government's "meaningful use" requirements for electronic health records, another critical factor is emerging that could determine the primacy of EHRs: friendliness of use. Across the country, doctors are aligning themselves with hospitals based on their preference (or dislike) of electronic records used at...

Docs Ask Feds to Slow IT Rollout

June 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A swelling chorus of skeptics holds that the Obama administration's plan for digitizing the country's medical records is well-intentioned but unrealistic. Rules governing disbursement of incentive funds--valued at $34 billion and intended to promote adoption of new information technology by doctors and hospitals--are simply too stringent, they say. "The eligibility...

Leveraging Community Health Data

June 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to see an interactive map on the web that easily compares the health of different communities? There's an app for that. How about an enhanced web search that integrates hospital performance data into hospital search results? There's an app for that, too. Tools for mobile phones that put new...

Advise and Consent

June 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the country lurches toward a future in which electronic medical records have replaced stubbornly persistent paper files, resolving the question of how much control patients should have over digital documents continues to be a sticky wicket. A key government advisory panel on healthcare information privacy has yet to resolve...

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